Welcome to “Inside CHQ,” a new video series created especially for Chautauqua Institution property owners.
Inside CHQ is envisioned as a resource to help you, as property owners, better understand the organization in which you have invested — how it works, how it is governed, and how it is implementing decisions aligned with the strategic plan, 150 Forward.
The series host is Cindy Abbott Letro, a Chautauqua property owner with an incredible record of nonprofit board leadership and service.
Shannon D. Rozner, J.D.
Senior Vice President of Community Relations and General Counsel
About Candy Maxwell
Candace (Candy) Maxwell is a retired health care industry executive with diverse experience in business strategy, leadership, governance and policy. She has been coming to Chautauqua every summer assembly season since 2001. Maxwell also serves ex officio as a Chautauqua Foundation Director and Vice Chair of the Chautauqua Hotel Corporation’s board.
About Cindy Abbott Letro
Cindy Abbott Letro is committed to strengthening the fabric of our community through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership. She is the past chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Board of Directors and its “Carnegie Hall Committee” which oversaw a successful performance at the Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2013. Ms. Letro is a past chair of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. During her chairmanship the Center fulfilled its dream of building a new $35 million dollar facility on the corner of Rockwell Road and Elmwood Avenue on the campus of Buffalo State College.
In April of 2008, Governors Elliot Spitzer and David Patterson nominated Ms. Letro to the Niagara Frontier State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission, a nomination that was subsequently confirmed by the New York State Senate. She currently serves as the chair of the commission. She also chairs the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, is vice chair of Visit Buffalo Niagara, and serves on the board of St. Bonaventure University.
Ms. Letro acts as business manager for her husband’s law firm, Francis M. Letro, Attorneys at Law. She and her husband of 32 years are supportive of a wide variety of civic projects and cultural organizations and make their home in the city of Buffalo. She received a B.A., cum laude from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and a M.S. in Communications from The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.